Film Review: Trap for Cinderella

Trap for Cinderella

A strong first half of mystery thriller Trap for Cinderella is let down by a hackneyed second half, followed by a diabolical conclusion.

Micky, a young English woman, wakes up in hospital following serious surgery unable to remember a thing. Her amnesia tempered with flashbacks, Micky struggles to discover who she is and what led to the catastrophic fire that she remembers…

Based on the novel by Sébastien Japrisot, Trap for Cinderella exudes a genuine sense of mystery. This retains the viewer’s attention in the first half of director and screenwriter Iain Softley’s film; it is unclear exactly where the film will go. Softley successfully piques the audience’s interest in the first half an hour or so.

The premise is something which has been depicted before in various cinematic guises. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as it was still interesting to see where Trap for Cinderella would take it.

The first reveal feels silly not in its execution but in its content. It makes what follows rather implausible. This elevates to risible after later revelations. One of the film’s twists can be seen a mile off.

Trap for Cinderella could have been an absorbing thriller. It has a suitable enough set up to generate the mystery required for this type of film. Instead, with each twist the film becomes more ridiculous and unconvincing. By the time Trap for Cinderella reaches its climax, viewers will have lost all sense of disbelief.

Tuppence Middleton offers a decent performance as Micky. Alexandra Roach is also acceptable as Do. Kerry Fox sometimes overplays it as Julia. Production values in the film are fine overall.

What could have been a decent thriller ends up being disappointing. Trap for Cinderella is not a boring film, but it is not really a worthwhile watch either.